Bernie Sanders is right, now lawmakers need to act

September 21, 2017

In his speech at Westminster College tonight, Bernie Sanders called the Global War on Terror a “disaster for the American people and for American leadership” adding that it had given terrorists “exactly what they want”.

He also highlighted the use of torture and drone strikes that cause high civilian casualties as undermining American moral values.

Responding, Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve said:

“As Bernie Sanders correctly observes, the so-called “War on Terror” has tarnished America’s image around the globe while playing directly into terrorists’ hands. While the US continues to detain men indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay and while drone strikes rain down across the Middle East it will continue to do so. American leadership and vision is needed now more than ever – lawmakers must assert their constitutional function and revisit the Authorisation for Use of Military Force.”

 

Notes to Editors:

1. The text of Bernie Sanders’s speech can be read here.